Heading to Cape Town for a Family Holiday?
I moved to London just over a year ago, not because of anything else but to seek a new adventure, and as I have said plenty times before, there is no where like Cape Town, not only because it is my home, my first love and where 23 years of my memories are from, but because it has so much to offer, from great views, amazing food, plenty to explore and a great cultural experience
I have taken it upon myself to send a list of all my favourite places to every colleague, friend or family from abroad when they’re headed to Cape Town, so why not share it with all of you?
The weather in Cape Town is always tolerable, whether it’s the warm summers or mild winters, the sun almost always shines, so you can do every activity in any season!
Places to Experience:
- Have a picnic amongst the mountains at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens (make sure you find the Boomslang bridge)
- Or a sea view picnic at Cape Point Vineyards
- Or fancy a picnic on the beach? Although Boulders Beach is also known to have penguins walking around your feet as you sunbathe.
- Sunbathe on one of Cape Town’s 5 star beaches – Llandudno or Clifton 4th Beach right in the city!
- Cape Town has MANY wine farms, if you want to head out to Franschoek and take a tram ride through each wine farm or go wine tasting in Stellenbosch you will have plenty to choose from, but if you are pressed for time there is a gem right in the city at Groot Constantia Wine Farm
- For the culturally inclined, I cannot recommend the Zeitz Mocaa contemporary art museum enough, it is one of the best pieces of architecture and gallery of art I have ever seen.
- A Cape Town cliche but a must do, is an easy hike up Lions Head, especially good on a summers evening to watch the sun set.
- Visit the Bo Kaap in the Cape Malay district and be amazed by the brightly coloured homes.
- Explore local crafts in the Watershed at the V&A Waterfront.
- Enjoy local food and crafts at Route 44 market – Audacia farm Stellenbosch
- Jump on the Cable Car up Table Mountain
- Have afternoon tea at the Mount Nelson Hotel, or stay the night? If you do, make sure you try out the best steaks in town at the Nelsons Eye in the street next door!
- Shop local, luxury or sit down for dinner at the V&A Waterfront
- Enjoy sundowners at The Grand Beach Bar
- Explore Cape Town with a sunset open Bus Tour to Signall Hill
- This isn’t only for kids, but perfect for date night or a family outing. Head off to the Clay Cafe in Hout Bay for a meal and get painting gorgeous ceramics while you’re at it. Make sure you do this at the beginning of your trip as you may have to wait a few days to collect your finished item.
- If you want to go shopping at the V&A Waterfront, drop the kids off at Art Jamming!
- If you are traveling with kids, get their energy out with a super fun Acrobranch – Hout Bay
- The Cape Town Two Oceans Aquarium is the best in the world (according to me obviously), make sure you give it a look and let me know what you think.
- HQ – for delicious steak and chips (make sure you eat steak because that’s all that’s on the menu!) http://www.hqrestaurant.co.za
- Africa Cafe – for a true African culinary experience https://www.africacafe.co.za
- Pot Luck Club – for tapas and drinks in an amazing location https://www.thepotluckclub.co.za
- The Creamery – For local flavours of ice cream in Sea Point, Newlands and Claremont http://thecreamery.co.za
- Test Kitchen – for 6 star food by world class chefs (book months in advance) http://www.thetestkitchen.co.za
Chefs – for a toned down experience https://chefscapetown.
- Kloof street and Bree street- if you aren’t sure you want to commit, take a drive through Kloof and Bree street where all places are great – try Kloof Street House!
- Arcade – Bree Street
- Village Idiot – Loop Street
- Shimmy Beach Club
- The Grand Cafe
- The Vue Sky bar
- Radisson Red
- La Parada
Download a printable checklist with everything mentioned above to make sure you don’t miss out on anything!